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Groups hold donation drive for Samar children affected by militarization

Jun 04, 2019 - 10:37 AM

PRESS RELEASE: The groups are accepting school supplies and cash donations for the children of Northern Samar and Samar until the end of June

Bangko Sentral shuts down Rural Bank of Basey in Samar

May 20, 2019 - 4:55 PM

The Rural Bank of Basey is the fifth bank closed by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas in 2019

CLOSING DOWN A BANK. The Bangko Sentral  ng Pilipinas closes down the Rural Bank of Basey. Rappler file photo

Liberal Party bets dominate local races again in Calbayog City

May 18, 2019 - 12:10 PM

Liberal Party candidates win in the races for vice mayor, and took 10 of 12 city council seats in Calbayog City, Samar

PROCLAIMED. The proclaimed councilors of Calbayog City's 2nd District come from the Liberal Party. Photo by John Sydric Rendeza/Rappler

Samar poll officials probe congratulatory poster for Tans in canvassing area

May 15, 2019 - 6:45 PM

The poster placed on a wall of the canvassing area congratulates 3 members of the Tan family for 'winning' in their respective local races even before the canvassing process can be completed

PREMATURE CONGRATULATIONS. A poster congratulating members of the Tan family running in the local races in Samar hangs on a wall in the canvassing area even before the canvassing of votes can be completed on May 15, 2019. Photo from Jazmin Bonifacio/Rappler

Calbayog mayor's supporters ambushed ahead of May 13 polls

May 12, 2019 - 12:52 PM

Reelectionist Calbayog City Mayor Ronaldo Aquino condemns the attacks against his political leaders and supporters

AMBUSH. Members of the Police Scene of the Crime Operatives inspect the vehicle of Manuel Sahul and Joseph Ortega, who were ambushed on May 11, 2019. Photo by Jazmin Bonifacio/Rappler

MAP: Where P2.8-B cocaine ended up in PH over past decade

May 02, 2019 - 2:34 PM

In the past 10 years, at least 481 cocaine bricks have ended up in Philippine shores. We map where they were found.

COCAINE FINDS. There are over 30 incidents of Filipinos finding cocaine in Philippine shores and waters.

At least 6 soldiers killed, 6 wounded in clash with NPA in Samar

Apr 23, 2019 - 11:29 AM

(4th UPDATE) Troops from the 46th Infantry Battalion clash with communist rebels in Calbiga town in Samar

NPA rebels raid police station in Northern Samar

Mar 28, 2019 - 3:30 PM

Police say 3 rebels were killed and 3 others were captured following the pre-dawn raid on the Victoria municipal police station

RAID. Members of the New People's Army stormed the Victoria Municipal Police Station in Northern Samar on March 28, 2019, leaving bullet holes on the walls and rubble. Photo courtesy of the 803rd Brigade, Philippine Army

Warning to case filers: SC junks Yolanda victims’ case vs airport contracts

Mar 28, 2019 - 3:30 PM

The case is among the many examples of cases being filed before the High Court by individuals not directly affected by a government policy, but use the doctrine of transcendental importance

PROCEDURAL RULES. The Supreme Court junks a petition filed by Yolanda victims against what they alleged to be an unconstitutional approach to bidding out a P116 billion project due to violation of procedural rules. Photo by Rappler

Groups combine weather forecast, digital finance to save lives

Mar 28, 2019 - 10:08 AM

PRESS RELEASE: 'B-Ready' paves the way for the immediate and safe delivery of cash to households prior to a disaster

Representatives from Oxfam in the Philippines, People’s Disaster Risk Reduction Network, PLAN International, and the Local Government of Salcedo Municipality sign the memorandum of agreement for the two-year project called "B-Ready." Photo courtesy by April Bulanadi

Donations pour in for Grade 2 student who uses makeshift pen

Mar 07, 2019 - 11:36 AM

After seeing his photos on social media, concerned netizens did not hesitate to help 8-year-old Jan Kim Enario and his classmates at the Union Elementary School in Sta Rita, Samar

VIRAL: Grade 2 student from Samar uses makeshift ballpen for school

Mar 02, 2019 - 12:30 PM

Jan Kim's photo using an improvised pen for school, uploaded by his teacher on Facebook, has gone viral online. Netizens reach for ways to help.

Grade 2 student from Sta. Rita, Samar uses makeshift ball pen for his schoolwork.

Samar congresswoman Milagrosa Tan convicted of graft

Mar 01, 2019 - 4:20 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The Sandiganbayan sentences the congresswoman to a maximum of 115 years in prison for purchasing emergency supplies worth P16 million without public bidding when she was Samar governor

9 soldiers wounded as Army seizes NPA camp in Samar

Jan 19, 2019 - 11:49 PM

Brigadier General Ramil Bitong says the New People's Army rebels hastily escaped, leaving behind their valuables and subversive documents

OVERRUN. The 803rd Brigade of the Philippine Army overruns a camp of the New People's Army in Samar. Photo courtesy of 803rd Brigade, Philippine Army

Catbalogan City mayor, vice mayor suspended for 6 months

Jan 04, 2019 - 9:38 AM

The DILG finally implements the Office of the Ombudsman's 6-month suspension order against 9 Catbalogan City officials and 3 employees

CATBALOGAN CITY MAYOR. Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan and several other city officials and employees have been placed under preventive suspension over an alleged overpriced property purchase. Photo from the Facebook page of Stephany Uy-Tan

Tribal leader seeks help for displaced Mamanwa families in Samar

Dec 29, 2018 - 2:05 PM

Residents in Samar villages isolated by floodwaters are asking for food and water

HEAVY FLOODING. Flooding in Calbayog, Samar, inundates a one-story home on December 29, 2018. Photo courtesy of Allan Velarde of One Fm 96.7 Tacloban

4 soldiers, two civilians wounded in NPA attack in Catarman

Dec 19, 2018 - 7:37 PM

Members of the 43rd Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army are waylaid while bringing food to their fellow soldiers

WOUNDED. A civilian wounded in the attack in Catarman, Northern Samar. Photo courtesy of DPAO, 8ID PA

Duterte thanks Americans for returning Balangiga Bells

Dec 15, 2018 - 6:30 PM

'The credit goes to the American people and to the Filipino people. Period,' says President Rodrigo Duterte

HOME. President Rodrigo Duterte attends the 'homecoming' ceremony and turnover of the transfer certifcate of the Balangiga Bells in Eastern Samar from the United States. RTVM screenshot

Joy as U.S.-seized bells ring again on Philippine soil

Dec 15, 2018 - 1:47 PM

(UPDATED) Residents of Balangiga welcome the return of the bells that symbolized the Philippines' dark past and long struggle for independence

FIESTA ATMOSPHERE. People begin massing near the San Lorenzo de Martir Church in Balangiga, Eastern Samar, on December 15, 2018, in preparation for the official handover of the Balangiga Bells. Photo courtesy of Lady Camelot

Balangiga Bells back in Eastern Samar for handover

Dec 14, 2018 - 11:50 AM

The historic Balangiga Bells arrive in Guiuan, Eastern Samar, to be transported to the town of Balangiga for the formal handover rites on December 15

BELLS RETURNED. The Balangiga Bells are unloaded at the Villamor Air Base in Pasay City, its first stop in its historic return to the Philippines after 117 years. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

'Indescribable feeling,' says descendant of Filipino who rang Balangiga bell in 1901

Dec 11, 2018 - 8:18 PM

‘The bells are heirlooms from our ancestors,’ says Nemesio Duran. He claims to be a descendant of the Filipino guerrilla fighter who rang the bell in 1901 to signal the historic attack against Americans in Balangiga, Eastern Samar.

DESCENDANT. Nemesio Duran claims to be a descendant of the Filipino the Filipino fighter who rang one of the bells on September 28, 1901.

Balangiga Bells back in the Philippines

Dec 11, 2018 - 10:37 AM

(UPDATED) The Balangiga Bells are finally back home 117 years after American soldiers took them from a church in Eastern Samar as war booty

BELLS RETURNED. The Balangiga Bells are unloaded at the Villamor Air Base in Pasay City, its first stop in its historic return to the Philippines after 117 years. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

More troop deployment 'answered prayer' for Samar – congressman

Nov 28, 2018 - 6:50 PM

Samar 1st District Representative Edgar Mary Sarmiento welcomes President Duterte's order but says the troops should not have ties to local bets in the 2019 polls

SAMAR CONGRESSMAN. Samar 1st District Representativ Edgar Mary Sarmiento welcomes the deployment of more troops to election hotspots like his province. Photo from the Facebook page of Edgar Mary Sarmiento

More soldiers key to stopping armed groups in Samar – military officer

Nov 25, 2018 - 7:55 PM

Major General Raul Farnacio says 'taking extreme measures' is necessary 'because circumstances demand it'

Robredo questions Duterte order vs 'lawless violence'

Nov 25, 2018 - 5:47 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo says Malacañang should justify its use of the term 'lawless violence,' as many people worry about creeping martial law

QUESTIONS. Vice President Leni Robredo says government should also answer questions on why there has been more activity among communist insurgents in the last two years. Photo by OVP

Ex-cop arrested in Northern Samar over possession of IED

Nov 24, 2018 - 7:40 PM

Authorities say retired Police Officer 2 Dario Bolandia Ayes owns the site where boxes containing improvised explosive devices have been found

Duterte orders more soldiers, cops in Bicol, Samar, Negros Island

Nov 23, 2018 - 9:47 AM

(UPDATED) This is to 'suppress lawless violence and acts of terror' in those areas, according to Memorandum Order 32 which also reinforces guidelines for the implementation of a state of national emergency

MORE TROOP DEPLOYMENT. President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered more government troops in parts of Luzon and the Visayas to quell 'lawless violence' and terrrorism. Photo from Richard Madleo/Presidential Photo

FAST FACTS: Balangiga Massacre

Sep 28, 2018 - 10:09 AM

The Balangiga Massacre of September 28, 1901, is considered as one of the bloodiest events during the Philippine-American war

EDITORIAL CARTOON. The editorial cartoon of the New York Evening Journal on May 5, 1902, depicting soldiers carrying out the order of General Jacob H. Smith to kill Balangiga males over the age of 10. Photo from Wikipedia Commons

LIST: Deadly landslides in the Philippines

Sep 22, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Almost all of these major disasters in the last two decades happened in the midst of heavy rain that loosened the soil in landslide-prone areas

LANDSLIDES. There have been many deadly landslides in the Philippines in recent years. Photos by Jire Carreon/Rappler and Querl Panilag

Albayalde fires all cops in raided Northern Samar police station

Aug 10, 2018 - 3:58 PM

(UPDATED) Northern Samar provincial police chief Romeo Campomanes is also fired

PILLAGED. The Lapinig Municpal Police Station is allegedly raided by around 100 alleged New People's Army rebels. PNP Northern Samar photo

LOOK: Suspected NPA rebels raid Northern Samar town police station

Aug 10, 2018 - 1:05 PM

Two cops of the Lapinig Municipal Police Station are hurt in the pre-dawn 'looting and shooting rampage'

Canada PM does not back down on rights defense in Saudi spat

Aug 09, 2018 - 12:47 PM

Tensions have been high between the two countries since August 6, when Riyadh expelled Canada's ambassador, recalled its own envoy and froze all new trade and investments

ON HUMAN RIGHTS. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says his country 'will always speak strongly and clearly in private and in public on questions of human rights.' File photo by Angie De Silva/Rappler

Saudi expels Canadian envoy, recalls its own over 'interference'

Aug 06, 2018 - 8:18 AM

(UPDATED) Saudi Arabia gives envoy Dennis Horak 24 hours to leave the country, in an abrupt rupture of relations over what it slammed as 'interference' in its internal affairs

Duterte not yet blaming anyone for Samar 'misencounter'

Jun 26, 2018 - 7:35 PM

While President Rodrigo Duterte attributes the mishap to 'Murphy's law,' he wants the Philippine Army to accompany him to the site of the incident as a show of 'camaraderie' for the killed cops

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the oath-taking ceremony of newly-elected barangay captains of Region IV-A (CALABARZON) at the Sta. Rosa Sports Complex in Sta. Rosa, Laguna on June 14, 2018, reiterates his call to the barangay officials to protect and serve their constituents. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

DND, DILG to probe Samar ‘misencounter’ – Año

Jun 26, 2018 - 1:47 PM

The Department of the Interior and Local Government and the Department of National Defense will look into the incident in Villareal, Samar, that left 6 policemen dead

JOINT PROBE. DIL OIC Eduardo Año says the investigation into the Samar misencounter between the military and the police will also determine how to avoid a similar incident from happening. Photo by Darren Langit

6 cops killed, 9 wounded in ‘misencounter' with Army in Samar

Jun 25, 2018 - 8:16 PM

(4th UPDATE) The army is reportedly conducting a 'big operation' in Barangay San Roque, Santa Rita town, when a team of the Samar Provincial Police goes into the area without coordinating

Journalists conduct gift giving for kids in Samar village

Jun 10, 2018 - 6:09 PM

Army First Lieutenant Orlando Casipit Jr says 'education is the only way out of poverty' for children of Barangay Mabini in Basey, Samar

GIFT GIVING. Journalists and soldiers conduct a gift giving for marginalized schoolchildren in a Samar village. Photo by Jazmin Bonifacio/Rappler

Dead candidate wins as barangay chief in Samar

May 21, 2018 - 10:36 PM

After he was ambushed by alleged private armed groups on April 26, Christopher Branzuela's name was still listed as a candidate in Barangay Catabunan in Calbayog City

WHAT TO DO? The Comelec office in Calbayog City says it is awaiting a resolution from the central office in Manila on what to do with Barangay Catabunan, where the dead candidate won as barangay chairperson during the May 14 elections. Photo by Jazmin Bonifacio/Rappler

Candidates sign covenant for peaceful May 14 polls in Samar hotspot

May 05, 2018 - 10:16 AM

Candidates and local authorities hope the peace covenant would help change the reputation of Calbayog City as a hotbed of election-related violence

PEACEFUL ELECTIONS. Candidates sign the covenant for peaceful and orderly May 14 elections  in Calbayog City, Samar on May 4, 2018. Photo by Jazmin Bonifacio/Rappler

Candidate for barangay chairman, father shot dead in Samar

Apr 28, 2018 - 10:15 AM

Christopher Branzuela, who is vying for village chairman in Barangay Catabunan, and his father were ambushed in the Oquendo district in Calbayog City, police records show

COA: Completion of P55-M road project in Eastern Samar delayed for 481 days

Mar 20, 2018 - 7:31 PM

The project is originally scheduled for completion on March 4, 2016

DepEd condemns protesters alleging military presence in schools

Mar 07, 2018 - 5:39 PM

DepEd says some 30 farmers from Northern Samar stormed their gates and attempted to enter the Rizal Building

PROTEST CONDEMNED. DepEd denies military personnel are occupying and bombing schools in Northern Samar. Graphic by Alejandro Edoria/Rappler

Exciting Samar destinations for thrill seekers

Mar 04, 2018 - 2:16 PM

Tired of the usual beach trip? Samar will satisfy your craving for adventure

IN PHOTOS: Media groups give aid to Eastern Samar residents

Feb 04, 2018 - 11:02 PM

Over 300 households in Barangay Can-ilay receive goods from the visiting journalists, who are assisted by the DSWD and the military

OUTREACH. Members of the media, along with DSWD and the military bring goods to remote villages in Eastern Samar. All photos by Jazmin Bonifacio/Rappler

Surfing in Eastern Samar and balancing its many challenges

Jan 08, 2018 - 6:43 PM

In Eastern Samar, surfing pioneers are not only balancing waves. They are also riding the challenges that come with the rising popularity of the water sports in their hometown.

PH's lessons from disasters: #ZeroCasualty possible through social action

Dec 23, 2017 - 9:04 PM

This speech, delivered in November at the 2017 World Bosai Forum in Japan, is made timely by the rising death toll from Tropical Storm Vinta (Tembin)

WORLD BOSAI FORUM. MovePH editor Voltaire Tupaz delivers a speech at the World Bosai Forum/International Disaster and Risk Conference held in Sendai, Japan from November 25 to 28, 2017. Photo courtesy of Kahoku Shimpo Publishing Co.

LOOK: Not even storm Urduja can stop these newlyweds in Eastern Samar

Dec 18, 2017 - 5:00 PM

'As Urduja rages, they overflow with love,' wedding photographer Allen Beverly Anire says of the couple Mariel Anire and Charmaine Dulfo

LOOK: Urduja pummels Tacloban City

Dec 16, 2017 - 1:26 PM

MovePH team goes around Tacloban City ahead of Tropical Storm Urduja's landfall

PUMMELED. Heavy winds and rainfall pound Tacloban City as Urduja is expected to make landfall in Eastern Samar in the afternoon, Saturday, December 16. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

LOOK: Houses in Eastern Samar town flooded due to Urduja

Dec 16, 2017 - 11:42 AM

Councilor Rhoda Baris says at least 1,800 families have been affected by heavy rain due to slow-moving Tropical Storm Urduja (Kai-tak)

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